Ophthalmology & Optometry
The Ophthalmology Service provides medical, surgical and laser treatment of eye trauma, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and strabismus. We evaluate and treat eye patients and perform major eye operations.
The Optometry Clinic goal is to deliver excellence in eye care for patients of all ages by combining medical expertise and advanced technology, with a commitment to personal attention and customer service. Basic care includes a thorough assessment of visual systems. If further testing or treatment is needed, we provide referrals to our specialty clinics, such as the Ophthalmology Clinic.
- Diabetes: Screenings for diabetic retinopathy normally are performed yearly.
- Type one: First exam should be scheduled 5 years after the onset of diabetes or at the onset of puberty whichever comes first. Routine "baseline" exams upon diagnosis are not necessary.
- Type two: The first screening exam should be performed upon diagnosis as a routine referral to Ophthalmology.
- Hypertension: Typically there is no need for routine hypertensive retinopathy screenings.
- Glaucoma: Routine glaucoma screenings are not performed by ophthalmology but should be part of a routine optometry exam.
- Cataracts: Screenings for cataract or following known cataracts should be performed during an optometry exam.
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Seen upon diagnosis and typically every three months from then on depending on the age, ANA status, and joints involved. Discuss with the Ophthalmologist.
- Plaquenil: Prior to starting treatment and typically yearly thereafter depending on the dose and treatment duration.
- PUVA: Prior to starting treatment.
- Retinopathy of Prematurity: Depends on the weight , age, and oxygen status. Over 1800 grams does not need a screening. 1500 grams to 1800 grams if on oxygen for more than one month. Less than 1500 grams no matter what the oxygen status should be seen. The first screening should be at six weeks postpartum or 34 weeks, whichever is first.
- School Vision Screenings: Screening for children failing school physicals typically are done by optometry.
- Refractive Surgery: For applications, request through relayhealth.com, ophthalmology department.
- Age Related Macular Degeneration: Screenings, follow-ups and treatments for some forms are available.
- Eye exams
- Acute vision care
- Repair and fitting of eyeglasses for Active Duty and Retirees
- Treatment of ocular diseases
- Refractive Eye Surgery
Refractive Eye Surgery
The first step is to schedule an appointment with one of our 6 optometrists. Farrelly Health Clinic has two optometrists, Dr. Baker and Dr. Hart. Irwin Army Community Hospital has 4 optometrists, Dr. Carpenter, Dr. Kusy, LTC/Dr. Bingham, and Cpt./Dr. Park. An optometrist will evaluate the soldier for the specific criteria for eligibility. Once evaluated, the optometrist will offer a Commanders Authorization packet to be signed by the soldiers commanding officer allowing permission for the Refractive surgery. There are four forms to be filled in. 1) Commanders Authorization 2) Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Application form 3) DA Form 4700 Medical Record Supplemental Data and 4) Applications checklist.
Second Step: Once the soldier has the signed commanders authorization, they will need to bring in the signed authorization and ask for Lauren, Cindy, Carrie Or Kirsten so that the soldiers packet is received and that they are scheduled to be screened for PRK/Lasik by the WRESP Optometrist Dr. Eslit. (Only a member of the WRESP/Ophthalmology Team is authorized to receive and schedule PRK/Lasik refractive procedures.)
Third Step: When the screening is complete, the WRESP optometrist, Dr. Eslit, forwards the soldiers information to the ophthalmologist, Dr. Bogart. One of the WRESP/Ophthalmology team members will schedule the patient to be seen by Dr. Bogart in a “consult” appointment. The consult appointment will include the options of PRK and/or Lasik treatments, the pre-op care and the post-op care.
Fourth Step: Scheduled to the refractive surgery. Briefed on expectations and outcomes of care.
After the procedure, the soldier is expected to be seen for a PRK 5 day post-op, 1 month post-op, and a 3 month post-op. Lasik procedure includes a one day post-op- 5 day post-op, 1 month post-op, and 3 month post-op.
The follow up appointments are very necessary.
The WRESP Ophthalmology team is looking forward to serving the Soldiers of Fort Riley and the surrounding bases to include McConnell Air Force Base and Leavenworth.